I recently posted the following message to the public on my Facebook page before I unpublished the fan page for Curvy and Curious.
If you’ve been deleted off of my friends list, you probably either a) think you have what it takes to be a model but never will be; or b) run or take part of some sort of scam “magazine” or “troupe” catering to plus size models, tricking these girls into thinking they have something.
For years I let people sweet talk me into thinking I had what it takes, only to be looked at as thirsty, being asked to do anything and everything for FREE! I participated in runway shows put together so badly it was EMBARRASSING to even put on my resume, and met people who have called me any and every word referring to “white b***ch” (but only behind my back). I’ve publicized designers that then pass me over when the paid work comes in… Been spoken down to because of my race, and been buttered up by nearly every grimey “businessman” I’ve come across.
What I learned in 2014: DON’T follow your heart. DON’T live broke but do what YOU’RE GOOD AT and what pays the bills! If you’re not getting paid to wear clothes you’re not a model. If you’re over a size 16 you will most likely never be a model. Just freaking deal with it! It’s disgusting seeing women in their 30’s and 40’s spending every penny they have on modeling classes. HAH!
Discover what you’re good at, don’t let other people tell you what you’re good at to make their pockets fatter.
I apologize to my readers for falling off the grid, but I must say I prefer life out of the public eye, as I am now honing my knowledge of the modeling industry by working behind the scenes, building my skills behind the camera as a photographer and videographer.
“But I have to admit something: Tess Holliday’s gorgeous face intimidates me. There is no way, short of wearing countless layers of makeup and spending hours at a salon, adding perfect lighting to every place in the world where I might be present, that I could ever look anything like that. If I aspired to beauty like this, I would forgo a lot of precious time and energy to fall very very short.
When I see Tess boast #effyourbeautystandards, it doesn’t mean what everyone else seems to think it means. She’s a professional model, perfectly coiffed right down to her eyebrows. Slathered in makeup with the doe eyes and pouting mouth. To me, this is a contradiction.”
Thrift Store Swagg is a clothing exchange, shopping, and runway event that was first held on October 12, 2013 by Curvy And Curious. Since the event was such a hit, we are now getting ready to do it all again! This time we will be donating toys to Toys for Tots and again, all extra clothes will be donated to Goodwill.
Thrift Store Swagg 2 will be held at Break Bar and Billiards, located at 32-04 Brodway, Long Island City, NY 11106. $15 admission gets you half price drinks and free pool all day, plus the clothing exchange! Bring your best gently used clothes and trade them for other peoples’ hot looks! Also enjoy a fashion runway show by Oh So Fabulous Boutique and Curvy Girlz Lingerie. Don’t forget to shop with Chocolate Cream Beauty Supply too!
Tickets on sale for $15 now at http://www.ThriftSwagg2.eventbrite.com
Click the flyer below for all the details!
- Thrift Store Swagg Plus Size Clothing Exchange was a Success! (curvyandcurious.com)
I’ve always been a magazine lover. Seventeen was a staple in my life, and now it’s moved on to Cosmopolitan for the past few years. I love reading the articles (especially even in Maxim) but I always seem to flip right through the fashion sections without looking twice. As I wrote about yesterday in ‘#REALTALK – We All Secretly Want To Be A Model,’ even most plus size models don’t fit most real plus size girls image. In modeling, if you’re size 6/8 or under you’re called “straight size,” and anything over that is “Plus Size.”
Most editorial-geared plus size magazines, such as say, EVOLVE, UK’s #1 plus fashion online, tend to use smaller plus models, like the gorgeous size 14 up-and-comer and reader of Curvy And Curious, Annoula Dritsas who is currently competing in the top 5 contestants to be on the cover. Like her picture on EVOLVE’s Facebook page to vote for her!
More and more plus magazines are popping up, especially online. Plus Model Magazine is probably the most popular right now, especially since the stunningly gorgeous and star of NUVO TV’s hit show ‘Curvy Girls,’ Rosie Mercado hit the cover as a size 22, making plus model history. I was blessed enough to meet Rosie at Catherine Schuller’s Runway Bridal Brunch in June, and I gotta say…. it was like the world moved in slow motion when she walked in the room. She is even more beautiful in person! [ #GirlCrush ] We all love Rosie, but I can’t rock this dress like you! Us fat chicks just can’t win when it comes to magazines… The pieces in plus magazines are much too mature or risque for younger girls to relate to.
See my green eyes of jealousy???? hehe
Lets GET REAL magazines! I want to see something I can wear, like every day. Not super skinny bright colored jeans, not maxi dresses or mini dresses, not evening gowns. REAL clothes for REAL girls!
Full Blossom Magazine seems to be on the right track…. Keep it up!
Anyone think after Vogue Magazine banned anorexic-looking and underage girls we may see some plus models in the big [drum roll please]…… SEPTEMBER ISSUE! I’d love to see that.
Let this site be our new resource for real clothes for real girls!
Stay Curvy and Keep Curious
Yay! Summer is here! Slip n’ Slides, pool parties, summer concerts, tanning, hitting the beach with my…… oh shit.
… bathing suit [eeeeeep!]
When I was 13 and had shed some lbs., I tried on my first bikini. I’m not sure which was worse – the look of horror on my face or my baby fat on display in the mirror looking back at me. Settling for ugly one pieces, I always thought, “Maybe next year..” Well ladies, that year is here!
This was my first year really following Full Figure Fashion Week, and there seemed to be a big focus on swimwear of all kinds, but something new really caught the world’s eye. The Fatkini.
For this summer, bodacious blogger Gabby Gregg, aka GabiFresh, decided to start a BIG movement, and many mainstream designers followed – the FATKINI. You heard right – BIKINIS for FAT chicks. Unthinkable, right? Well take one look at these and reconsider:
Cute, right?? The high waist bottoms create a perfect hourglass and come up high enough to cover your belly insecurities (or in my case, belly stretch marks, ugh) and the bralets are very flattering. Different designers, make different rises, and some designs are slimming with black panels on the sides. Great for pear, triangle, rectangle, and hourglass figures – apples beware, unless you love your body the way it is and are ready to turn many heads at the beach (not in a good way). You DON’T want to end up like this:
MY tip: don’t buy online – go to the store and try it on. Bathing suits NEVER look the same on the hanger as they do on you, and they are usually non-returnable. When trying on, focus on what it does for your body (nips the waist, boobs look awesome, you feel sexy) rather than the “bad parts.” If you’re not comfortable with it, then don’t feel pressured to get one. Personally, I’m going to wait till next year to see if the style takes off, as well as what improvements they’ll make for next year. I’d love to have shapewear incorporated into the bottoms, and also more designs with a skirted bottom to hide the belly bulge.
My Curves And Curls has a fabulous guide to plus size swimwear and Fatkini shopping.
Stay curious and keep curvy. Happy Shopping!